The Headmaster, tutors, house staff, academic staff, and medical staff all play a front-line role in the pastoral care of our pupils and can be contacted at any time by parents with concerns or questions.
But at St David’s we have very high standards of pastoral care and it goes far further than a basic commitment to welfare. That’s why St David’s College has appointed a small, dedicated Safeguarding team led by Mrs Sue Davies (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mrs Davies started working at St David's College in 2005 as a part-time maths teacher. Since then she has been Head of Year, Tryfan House Mistress living onsite for 7 years, and is now Assistant Head (Pastoral) and Designated Safeguarding Lead. Over the years, Mrs Davies has worked with many parents and external agencies, looking out for all of the pupils in our school and ensuring the very best pastoral care. Mrs Davies is supported by Mrs Gabriella Murphy.
The aim of the team is to ensure best practices in all aspects of child protection and pupil welfare across the School.
A strong link exists with the local CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) representative who pays regular visits to support the school community in matters of mental health. The school also has close ties with the local Police Liaison Officer, who plays an essential role in the GSE (Global Social Education) program.
Why is pastoral care important?
All parents want their children to be safe and happy at school. The importance of pastoral care goes well beyond this, however. Education and health are closely linked, and recent studies have shown that pupils with better health and well-being are likely to achieve better academically. What is more, life skills, such as those taught in a successful PSHE (personal, social, health, and economic) program, are associated with greater well-being and higher achievement.
For us, good pastoral care in the school is fundamental to the development of character and social skills, which will be of critical importance to pupils in later life. Our history is full of success stories that have occurred in the lives of pupils whose problems were detected in time and solved. And that is why our pastoral care department extends to every aspect of school life in order to foster pupils’ personal development as much as their academic progress.
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